Scarborough Primary School Newsletter - The Link

Issue 13 – 10 September 2021

Upcoming Events and Reminders

SeptemberOctober / November
  • 14 September - Quiz Night at Grill'd
  • 17 September - Crazy Hair Day
  • 21 September - Grandparent Morning Tea Kindy G1
  • 22 September - Interschool Athletics Carnival - Long distance, jumps and throws
  • 24 September - Interschool Athletics Carnival - Main Events
  • 24 September - Grandparent Morning Tea Kindy G2
  • 24 September - Last Day of Term 3
  • 11 October - School Development Day - STUDENTS DO NOT ATTEND
  • 12 October - Students Commence
  • 22 October - Assembly
  • 25 October to 5 November - Swimming Lessons
  • 18 November - Year 6 Orientation Day to Churchlands
  • 19 November - Music Assembly

Principal's Message

Dear Community

What a busy few weeks we have had as we head towards the end of Term 3! Last week we were lucky enough to enjoy some fabulous weather for our sports carnival. Thank you to all the parents who turned out to watch the events and cheer on our students. It was really lovely to be able to return to a traditional format for the day this year, as nothing beats the feel of a carnival atmosphere. A big thank you also to Mr Bacci and all the staff who worked hard to make it such a successful day, and also to the students whose outstanding behaviour and enthusiasm made it a day with many memorable and special moments. Finally, well done Challenger on a hard fought victory, winning the day by a very small margin of 4 points, ahead of Parmelia, who were closely followed by Stirling.


Our Year 3 and 5 students should have received their NAPLAN reports this week. These reports give an indication of where your child sits in aspects of literacy and numeracy in comparison with students across Australia. Please remember that this is just a snapshot of their capabilities and is just one aspect of how students are assessed as we strive to develop the whole-child at Scarborough Primary School. If you have any queries about your child’s performance or the test in general please don’t hesitate to contact either myself or their classroom teacher.

Public School Review

Last week we received the officially endorsed report of our Public School Review which was held earlier this term. It is full of wonderful commendations, acknowledging our amazing staff and also maps out some of the directions that the school will be taking as we move forward through our next exciting period of growth. You can find a copy of the report on our school website.

Before and After School

Unfortunately, a few incidents that have happened outside of school hours in the last few weeks make another reminder of before and after school procedures necessary.

  • Classroom doors are opened for students at 8:35am. Before 8:35am, school staff are busy preparing for the day and engaging in meetings so there is no classroom supervision for students prior to this time.
  • Any students on school site without parents should wait at the colourful tables near the undercover area where they will be supervised from around 8:20am.
  • There should be no parents or students on site before 8:20am without an appointment.
  • After school, all parents and students should have left the school site by 3:20pm. We are still having problems with students remaining on or returning to the school site unsupervised, some becoming involved in inappropriate and unsafe activities. Please do not assume that there is a duty of care or supervision for your children outside of school hours just because it is a school site. Allowing your child to play on the school site unsupervised is no different than allowing them to spend time at Scarborough Beach or a local park by themselves.
  • For safety reasons, scooters, bikes and skateboards should not be ridden on school site at drop off and pick up time. Students should dismount once they enter school grounds and walk their wheels to their parking spots in our fantastic new bike and scooter racks.

Engaging in the above processes helps to keep our school a safe and positive environment for all of our students, so we thank you in advance.

School Board

Last week, our board met for their second meeting of Term 3. We focussed on two main areas:

  • Review of the Homework Policy: A survey is currently being designed to give parents an opportunity for input before the policy is redrafted. A link for this will be distributed over Skoolbag in Week 10.
  • Updated Learning from Home Plan: As per Department requirements, the school is finalising a Learning from Home plan in the event of a short term lockdown (1-2 weeks). The plan allows for a flexible learning approach to best cater for our diverse range of families. Guidelines for the plan will be available on the website next week. It is something we are very much hoping we won’t need to use, but is necessary to have ready as situations regarding COVID can change at a moment’s notice.

As always, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to call or email me on

Sarah Dawson


Wrapper Free Wednesday

    Scarborough Primary School is dedicated to promote change within the school and will be introducing Wrapper Free Wednesday throughout Term 4 to encourage healthy eating and teach waste minimisation. Students are encouraged to bring food without packaging. All waste will be put back into students’ lunchboxes and taken home.

    Now is great time to start thinking about what goes into your child’s lunchbox and considering healthy alternatives.

     Tips for parents packing wrapper free lunches:

      Scarborough Primary School is dedicated to promote change within the school and will be introducing Wrapper Free Wednesday throughout Term 4 to encourage healthy eating and teach waste minimisation. Students are encouraged to bring food without packaging. All waste will be put back into students’ lunchboxes and taken home.

      • Let children help make their own lunches. Pack lunches the night before to avoid morning rush.
      • Purchase a lunchbox with different compartments to separate food.
      • Discuss with your child what they like to eat and how much. Bin audits in schools show large quantities of unopened packaged foods are being thrown away.  
      • Cut up fruit and vegetables and pack them in reusable containers so that children can eat some and save some for later.
      • Encourage your children to bring home uneaten food to eat later.
      • Buy in bulk to prevent individua packaging and use reusable containers to store.
      • Avoid buying items in packaging that cannot be resealed
      • If lunchboxes have plastic, encourage children to bring home soft plastics to be taken to REDcycle centres. To find out more, please visit

      Library News

      Next week is the last week for borrowing library books before the school holidays.

      Please remind your children to return their books and boomerang bags on the last week of term.

      Australian Girls Choir - FREE Workshop

      Flyers will be coming home with all girls from Pre-primary through Year 6 with information. The AGC will be visiting our school on Tuesday 21 September to hold a FREE Assessment Workshop, involving fun singing and movement activities.  Following their visit, parents will receive a personalised report and information about their 2022 classes.

      If you would like your daughter to be involved, please complete and return the permission slips to the school office by Friday 17 September.

      P&C News

      P&C News

      Hello SPS families!

      Did all dads get spoiled on Sunday? We are sure you did!! The Father’s Day stall was a tremendous success and we thank everyone for their purchases!!

      Only a few more sleeps till the Quiz Night. Have you booked your tickets yet? Such amazing prizes up for grabs. Here are the details:


      Join us for a night of fun, friends and the chance to win some amazing prizes!

      We've worked with local businesses to secure some fantastic raffle and silent auction prizes - and the best part is all the money goes back into improving the education experience of our kids. So please support us - round up your friends, your family and put together a table. Make up a table of 6 or 8 people or we can add you to a table.

      Follow our Facebook page to see what prizes will be up for grabs on the night!

      When: Tuesday 14 September 6.30pm

      Where: Grill’d Scarborough Beach 

      Tickets: $30 which includes a burger and chips from Grill’d

      The Quiz Night is open to our school families and their wider community, so you’re very welcome to invite family and friends to this event as well. The more the merrier!


      Friday 17th September is Crazy Hair Day! Go wild and crazy with hairspray, wigs, scrunchies etc! 

      Crazy Hair Day is a fundraising initiative so a gold coin donation would be appreciated. A P&C representative will go around to the classrooms collecting the money. Thank you for your support, and we can’t wait to see all the wild creations! 

      WE NEED YOU!

      All our fundraising events require many hands to organise them. So, we are asking all SPS families (parents/ grandparents/ carers/ families) to be prepared to put your hand up. You don’t have to be a member of the P&C to help out with the events, but if you have any amazing fundraising ideas we would love to hear from you. Either at a meeting, email or chat to our team.


      Did you know that the P&C also runs the School Canteen and the Uniform Shop? In order for us to keep canteen running and the uniform shop prices low, we rely on volunteers from our school community. This means that WE NEED YOU!

      The Uniform Shop is open on Wednesdays between 8.45am-9.15am (yes, only half an hour!) and Canteen is open on Fridays between 10am-12pm. During these times we are in need for more volunteers. Our school is growing and our current small team needs extra support in order to keep these services going. So please check your diary and sign up to help!

      We also welcome extended family members to be part of our community, so if you can’t help, perhaps your parents can (-:

      The easiest way is to email us with your availability, but feel free to chat to the team personally.

      Entertainment Book

      Back by overwhelming request is the FREE upgrade to Multi City when you purchase a Single City PLUS get 1 extra month for FREE! That’s a $50 saving and a 13-month Membership!! This is a limited time offer, ending on Wednesday 29th September at 11.59am AEST

      Order your membership here

      Containers for Change

      We will continue to fundraise through the Containers for Change initiative. The Containers for Change bins can be found at the school entry at Hinderwell Street near the Room 9 Heritage Building. Keep on bringing those empty cans and bottles to support the P&C!

      Please note that these bins are not for rubbish but for eligible empty drink containers only, thank you!

      Alternatively, if you wish to donate at a refund point of your choosing you can quote our Scheme ID C10240685. If you prefer to attend a Reverse Vending Machine location please use the barcode at the top of the P&C news. This may be your preference if you have a larger donation and be rest assured that the money goes back to the P&C.

      Next Meeting

      Our next General Meeting will be held Monday 18th October at 6.30pm in the school library.

      If you have questions and/or suggestions please don’t hesitate to email us

      And make sure you follow us on Facebook!

      Lost Property

      We have had a bracelet handed in to lost property this week. If this belongs to your child please see the office staff.

      Community News

      Please see the Community News section on the school website for courses and events going on around the community. 

      The advertising material in the Community News section does not represent endorsement by Scarborough Primary School.  For further information please contact the company directly.

      Term 3 Parent Planner 2021


      Scarborough Primary School

      Address: 60 Hinderwell Street, Scarborough WA 

      Phone: 08) 9222 9200   


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